Greater Sage Grouse Displaying on Lek

Nothing to Grouse About


WC didn’t post yesterday because he was chasing birds again. This time, Greater Sage Grouse. WC has the location of a very good lek, but it isn’t always possible to get to it. This year, the road was open – for a given definition of “open” – and access to the lek was possible, Yesterday…

Southern Idaho Dairy, CAFO Operation, Twin Falls, Idaho

Cowboys, CAFOs and Stupid


The image most of us have of Idaho – when you think of Idaho at all – is a cowboy ridin’ the range, herding cattle in the sagebrush.1 Never mind that cattle ranchers today use pickups, 4-wheelers and drones, not horses. But cattle grazing on the range, under the big, western skies, isn’t where the…

Bird Banding Barbie Turns 18


WC has been very, very serious lately. Extinct species. Sociopathic congressmen. Monomaniacal gun nuts. WC will lighten up a bit, and at the same time preserve for posterity a classic birthday practical joke. WC presents, in very nearly its original form, Bird Banding Barbie. In that long, dark time between Christmas Bird Count and Spring,…

A wildlife ranger comforts Sudan, the last male northern white rhino on the planet moments before he passed away. Credit: Ami Vitale National Geographic Creative

R.I.P. Sudan, 1973-2018


Sudan, the last Northern White Rhinoceros, Certatotherium simum cottoni, was euthanized March 19. He was 45 years old, advanced old age for a rhino. He was the last male of his subspecies. The two remaining Northern White Rhinos are his daughter and granddaughter, Najin and Fatu. Sudan was born in 1973 in Shambe, South Sudan. He…